I used it because it's the version used by Skeptics Annotated Bible, but I'm not aware of any version of the bible that uses language that can be "skewed" any other way. You are, in fact, the first believer I've heard who argues that the flood described in Genesis is a small local flood. Every other believer I've ever met always tries to argue that the evidence shows it was global.
there are at least 827 words and phrases in the days of King James that have changed their meaning or are no longer used in our modern, everyday English language,
Did you know that in the King James Version of the Bible the word 'advertise' means 'tell,' 'allege' means 'prove,' and 'conversation' means 'behavior'? That 'communicate' means 'share,' 'take through' means 'be anxious,' and 'prevent' means 'precede'? That 'meat' is a general term for 'food,' and 'anon' and 'by and by' translate Greek words which mean 'immediately'?
These words -- and many like them -- made perfect sense to readers when the KJV was published in 1611. But today, after nearly four centuries of changes in English, few readers know what such words mean. And most readers miss the riches of the all-time favorite King James Bible"
Whatever. Genesis 7 states, with excruciatingly painful clarity, that the water went so high as to cover mountains. Since water seeks its own level, the only way that could happen would be if the entire planet was covered with water. It also says that all plants, animals, and people everywhere were killed except for the ones aboard the ark. Everyone, everywhere, not just in a small area in the Middle East.
Again "all" is not solely defined as being universal by the Hebrew definition. It can can easily refer to all indigenous animals ,planet life, and people.
You are falling into the same trap as YEC. Ignoring word usage, etymology, and culture of the time. Instead applying your own definitions to words that had different meaning and mind set
At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem.Acts 2:5
So if we follow your logic this passage would imply Jews came from North and South America and other places. But this is not the case the passage is clearly speaking of the known world at the time.Gen. 41:46:And the famine was over all the face of the earth.?
And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was sore in all the earth.
So did all the countries of the world really go to Egypt for food? Did China come over as well? No the passage once again is speaking on a localized level, or the known world at the time.
There are dozens of verses like this. If the bible wanted to be more clear on a global flood the word tebel' would have been used. This word is much more specific and does not relegate itself to local geographyhttp://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/nas/tebel-2.html
The Hebrew word for mountain is 'har'.
Definition- hill, mountain, hill country, mount http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/nas/har.html
Generally speaking the Mesopotamian word for mountains is 'sadu' and is derive from the word 'mound'. Its likely that the reference of mountains is referring to hilly terrain.
When he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. (Proverbs 8:29)
Clearly refutes a global flood
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. (Psalm 33:6-7)
...For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it. (Jeremiah 5:22)
"Or who enclosed the sea with doors, When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb...And I placed boundaries on it, And I set a bolt and doors, And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop'?
Refutes globalPeter 3:5–6
5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water
Even Joshepus does not correct the narrative accounts of a local flood. He obviously had no issue with this. He doesn't correct the matter that it was in fact global. Obviously it was no secret and at the time that people thought it was a local event.
"Now all the writers of barbarian [Greek] histories make mention of this flood and of this ark: among whom is Berosus the Chaldean... Hieronymous the Egyptian.... Nicolaus of Damascus, in his ninety-sixth book, hath a particular relation about them, where he speaks thus: 'There is a great mountain in Armenia, over Minyas, called Baris, upon which it is reported that many who fled at the time of the Deluge were saved; and that one who was carried in an ark came on shore upon top of it; and that the remains of the timber were a great while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses, the legislator of the Jews wrote'."8
Also, Its absolutely ridiculous to assume that every animal on the planet was brought aboard. Even by their standards. Again the flood is localized. Thus only indigenous animals, and livestock were brought on board in the known world at the time.